AT&T/DirecTV During March Madness…You Won’t Miss A Thing

These AT&T/DirecTV spots are alternately funny and stupid/annoying…which might be what they’re going for. There’s the Purdue fan parking booth attendant who’s missing their game, and they’re tied at the half with a mid-major school. Interestingly, Purdue was only leading by 1 at halftime in their first round matchup against Vermont, a mid-major. Then there are the poor people stuck in a sales review, despite a buttload of games. Dan Finnerty is the singer, and he’s crooning a parody of Aerosmith’s sappy #1 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

 

Don’t Be The Cable You…Get DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket

Last week, I wrote about some DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket ads starring a retired Peyton Manning. Now there are more funny spots. There’s the DirecTV you who once saved Tony Romo from a burning building (I hope his shoulder was OK), does karaoke with Eli Manning, and saves puppies with Andrew Luck. The cable you once saved a sandwich for the ride home, puts on his coat like a toddler, and likes a good turtleneck. An additional campaign “Now You Can” is mostly notable because we see Eli Manning dressed as a banana. DirecTV’s NFL commercials are a national jewel.

DirecTV: Peyton Manning Now Spends His Sunday Mornings At The Grocery Store

After 18 seasons, Peyton Manning retired from the NFL back in March. But life goes on, and Peyton still needs things to do on Sunday. So he now spends his Sunday mornings shopping at the grocery store in his bathrobe, and extolling the virtues of DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket to a disinterested cashier. And since those football checks aren’t coming in anymore, Peyton uses coupons. A fiscally savvy move. Other spots show Peyton spending his Sunday mornings at the park, and talking to his brother Eli, who’s about to play. Lionel Richie offers a parody of his song “Easy.”

 

Jon Bon Jovi Turns Back Time With DirecTV

Your opinion of this DirecTV ad is probably influenced by how you feel about Bon Jovi. I find Bon Jovi to be annoying (had a few fun songs, but basically sucked for the last 30 years), and the commercial to be pretty bad. The husband is played by Pat Shay, and the wife is Maria Dizzia. If she looks familiar, it might be since she played Polly Harper on the first two seasons of Orange Is the New Black.

DirecTV’s “Petite Randy Moss” Is Funny, But Some Sell It Short

Being a short male (I’m 5’5″), I’ve learned to deal. There are obvious shortcomings (pun absolutely intended). Many women eschew shorter men and we make less on average than our taller brethren. But there’s no non-painful way to gain height, so it’s best to just accept yourself and have a sense of humor. Which leads me to DirecTV’s new NFL Sunday Ticket commercial featuring former (well, probably) great Randy Moss. It’s the same formula of the Rob Lowe campaign, except now it has Randy Moss, who has DirecTV, and petite Randy Moss, who has cable. It’s pretty funny. But more sensitive men, perhaps with Napoleon complexes, are outraged. One of the obvious jokes, for those in the know, is that Moss is one of the tallest wide receivers to play the game. So lighten up, guys. I mean, I too hate it when they put the “fruity munch” on the top shelf. It’ll be interesting to see if this commercial lasts, or gets pulled because of the easily offended.

DirecTV Enlists Hannah Davis And A Talking Horse

DirecTV has apparently ended its Rob Lowe campaign amid criticisms that it contained false claims. It was a funny campaign, but getting kinda old. Now DirecTV is going in a different direction, with spots featuring 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model/ Derek Jeter’s main squeeze, Hannah Davis. And a talking horse. Hannah Davis is nice to look at, but these are stupid commercials.

DirecTV’s Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe Offends Shy Pee-ers

DirecTV has been running this campaign starring Rob Lowe. In it, a normal version of Rob Lowe has DirecTV, and a deficient one has cable. The first one had creepy Rob Lowe. I didn’t write about it, but you saw it. Now, it’s painfully awkward Rob Lowe. And it’s stirring up a lil’ controversy. You see, painfully awkward Rob Lowe can’t go with other people in the room. Paruesis, often called shy bladder syndrome, is a condition that affects about seven percent of American citizens. Here’s an interview with Steve Soiffer, head of the International Paruresis Association, where he explains why this commercial is offensive. The spot makes me laugh, but it has a whole lot of angry comments on YouTube.

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